IAS Interview is the final part of Civil Services Examination process. Those who clear IAS Main (written) exam are called for Personality Test (interview). According to UPSC, the objective of the Personality Test (interview) is to assess the personal suitability of the candidate for public services. Candidates should keep in mind the following points for IAS Interview:
• The technique of the interview, according to the UPSC, is not that of a strict cross-examination. It is a purposive conversation that is intended to reveal the mental qualities of the candidate.
• IAS Interview is not a test of knowledge which has already been tested through a rigorous written examination. It is a test of the candidates’ inner self and self-belief.
• Some of the qualities which are judged by the board members include common sense, mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, balance of judgment, variety and depth of interest, ability for social cohesion and leadership, intellectual and moral integrity, practical wisdom, decision making ability.
• IAS Interview is not a very structured session. Rather, it follows a natural path of interaction with light moments coming from the members from time to time.
• The candidates are not expected to be extra-ordinary in IAS Interview. Rather they should be normal and are supposed to present their natural personality before the board.
• The candidates are expected to be as much realistic as possible while answering. But at the same time the candidate should present their ability to relate theoretical principles with the real situations.
• They are also expected to have balanced views. They should be free from biasness and any pre-conceived notions.
• The candidates are well advised to thoroughly prepare on their bio-data and current events of national and international importance.
• The candidates should prepare each and every relevant topic for the IAS Interview in its entirety so that they can analyse each and every aspect of the event.